Vista West Ranch Wedding by Nicole Chatham Photography
July 24, 2012
RusticVintageRustic Weddings
Next time you think of rustic or shabby chic, this sweet little Texas number by Nicole Chatham Photography should be the first fête to pop in your head. Because loves, it's the definition of rustic chic. From the perfectly placed florals by Petal Pushers to the gorgeous barn setting that is the Vista West Ranch to the gorgeous tablescape that has us all ready to drop everything and go antiquing - it's anything and everything we love so much about these parties, and it's all sitting pretty right here.
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From the Bride... Lance and I met at the rodeo and have been dance partners ever since — it’s our favorite thing to do, so when we got engaged we knew we wanted to incorporate that feeling with a rustic, vintage, shabby-chic wedding. We also knew we wanted to have an outdoor ceremony with natural light, beautiful trees and pretty green grass, then move inside for the reception and celebration.  Much to my surprise, I found Vista West Ranch!  It had everything we could have imagined and envisioned.  Beautiful grounds with a fun old car and truck, a simply stunning outside altar, a big rustic barn for the reception and fun bunkhouses for lodging. This venue is family-owned and operated, and they truly make you feel as though you’re a part of the family.  And, on top of that, other members of the family run Petal Pushers and Served Bartending.

After meeting with the venue owner, she mentioned Petal Pushers — WOW is all I can say. Not only are they florists, but they also rent centerpieces, vintage china, wood tables and more! Before I found them, I thought I would be living in thrift stores looking for knick-knacks to get my vintage look, my budget would be all over the place spending on these items and I would have a house full of this stuff that my soon-to-be husband might not be too happy about. Although they had everything I was looking for, I still wanted to add and make special pieces that made it more personal. We wanted our guests to walk in and think, this is so Kristen and Lance, and we accomplished that!  We were able to incorporate outside banners, a vintage mailbox, burlap runners, a unique guest book and mason jars to name just a few. 

Now, for the groom’s “cake” — the biggest hit! My husband has always been silly in throwing his name into songs and inserting it wherever he can, laughing as I shake my head. He is always saying to me, “You’re just mad because your name has two syllables and doesn’t fit.” All in all, he’s pretty much in love with his name, so what better way to share this silliness with our guests than to have Lance Products included. We shared Lance mini pecan pies, mini cinnamon buns and mini sweet rolls. Everyone has a fun cake, but we had an outstanding dessert table. To top it off, the table was themed, “Your last chance for a piece of Lance.” Every wedding seems to have leftover cake but I am pleased to say there was NOT one dessert item left on the groom’s table.  As a matter of fact, I saw several of our guests with two or three items from the table. It was a bigger hit than expected.

Nicole Chatham was our photographer from the beginning.  She was a wonderful addition to our amazing day.  She was able to bring her touch to our rustic feel, as you can see in the beautiful pictures posted.  We will always be able to look back and remember our wedding day just as we had envisioned it.  

Wedding Photography: Nicole Chatham Photography / Wedding Venue: Vista West Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas / Floral Design: Petal Pushers / Wedding Coordination: Casey of Coordinate This / Catering: Tug’s Bar-B-Que / Wedding Cakes: Classic Cakes by Lori / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals via Belle Saison Bridal / Bride’s Jewelry + Accessories: Serendipity Tiaras / Hair: Freida + Mel of Zig Zag Salon / Makeup: Makeup by Adrienne / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bari Jay via Melange Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Earrings: Rew Elliott / Flower Girls’ Dresses: OliveandFern / Groomsmen's Attire: Jos A. Bank